Costa Rica Experts Reviews

“We would definitely refer to Brandon Hagg, our travel agent – he planned the perfect honeymoon for us and we are so pleased with and grateful for his assistance and expertise!”

The Rosenberg Family

“I would refer everyone I know taking a trip to Costa Rica to use your company. Our trip planner, Brandon, targeted our family perfectly and created an amazing vacation with a lifetime of memories. Thank you”

The Cadys

“My family and I had a great time. All the excursions we went on were fabulous. The guides were very attentive and taught us a lot about Costa Rica. They were very friendly and helpful.”

Zwik Family

“Not knowing anything about Costa Rica, it was reassuring knowing that CR Experts was providing us with good information and quality hotels and experiences. Thank you!”

The Oswalds

“I want to thank you for all your help in planning this trip. It was outstanding! I would definitely refer anyone thinking about travel to CR. Everything was well-organized, the activities were perfect, the resorts were excellent, the domestic flights efficient, the transfers were seamless. We’re already thinking about when we can go back.”

Peterson P.

“My family enjoyed every moment of the trip that you planned for us. Everything went smoothly and we experienced all there was to offer, which was a gazillion interactions with water, fauna and flora and lovely people and food and places. One great thing is that we did not bring any electronic devices with us, so nothing got in the way of all that was around us to experience.We will all recommend Costa Rica Experts to others.”

Judith S.

“Abbey and I had a FABULOUS trip to Costa Rica, thanks to your excellent advice and planning! If we had a quarter for every time we said, “Wow or something to that effect, we could go right back.

We absolutely loved Aguila de Osa Inn on the Osa Peninsula. I will return there someday. It is casual, elegant, paradise. Although, I can see that some people may not care for it because it is extremely remote (which we loved), can’t get there by car, no AC (but that was fine after a small adjustment period–plenty of ceiling fans), and it was a pretty strenuous climb just to get up to the rooms.

The guides were extremely knowledgeable because they are all from there and had such wonderful pride in their country and region. It was a very personal experience with the staff and other guests. And the food! All so fresh! Lettuce that was in the garden 30 min. before we were eating it! Falling asleep to the lulling sound of the water, then to wake to a cacophony of birdsong. I just can’t say enough great things about the place. Honestly, it is paradise. Slightly rustic luxury.

The Nayara felt like Las Vegas after being in Drake Bay. It too was beautiful, fabulous and the volcano view from our room was fascinating. We loved it too, but we did have culture shock to be in such a pampered environment. I especially loved the outside shower and Abbey was partial to the outdoor tub where she could soak and stare at the ever-changing volcano. Truly amazing.

Another excellent, friendly staff with true pride for their country. And more good food.

The zip line was something we’re glad we did, but it was more of a hurdle than fun. Don’t need to do that again, but I know I can if I need to. It was on our list of things that we wanted to do, so I thank you for that, but what were we thinking?! We did discover that one cannot scream and pray at the same time.

After surviving the zip line, we went on an interesting volcano walk and ended the day at Eco Thermales hot springs where we relaxed in the beautiful pools sipping crisp white wine and then enjoyed a delicious, simple dinner. This hot springs is a small, family run business that limits the amount of people allowed in. One must make a reservation a day in advance and is not a big, flashy Disneyland type of place that Tabacon and Baldi seem to be. We highly recommend it. I’m sending the link and it looks exactly like the photos. Beautiful at night and almost no one there.

It was amazing that everyone was there to pick us up when scheduled and we weren’t rushed or late for a thing. So easy! We were very glad we did not rent a car! You also got credit for our weather! It was never rainy when we had an activity planned or traveled. It only rained when we were resting or at night. Honestly, couldn’t have been more perfect! Thank you, thank you for paring us with Costa Rica Experts and arranging everything! I don’t think it could have been a better trip. I filled an entire journal with memories. Looking forward to the next time— ”

Audrey B.

“I already have recommended CR Experts to several people. Your planning made our trip such a pleasure.”

The Hunters

“I have already referred this vacation and you guys to three of my friends. I heard about it from a friend who said “it was my best vacation ever” and I agree. Best ever! ”

The Parlin Family

“The professionalism and knowledge of the guides was impressive, especially birding in Santa Juana reserve and in Monteverde. We were very happy with all of the accommodations and staff, not to mention delicious food wherever we went. ”

Merullo Party

“I am used to planning my own vacations so was unsure of how this would work. It was perfect! We were happy with all accommodations. We loved all of the activities, the drivers and the guides. The country is so beautiful and the people are warm and welcoming. ”

Noonans

“Aaron planned the vacation perfectly tailoring it to our request.”

The Zimmer Family

“I was impressed with how every transfer, guide, and tour was right on time. 100 per cent reliable! Thanks for that.”

Shelton Family

“We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and the people we interacted with. Thank you.”

The Simones

“I would definitely recommend to anyone traveling to Costa Rica, especially first timers. Without all of the arrangements being handled in advance, we wouldn’t have been able to see or do so much. ”

Huffmon Family

“Your services were fantastic. Hats off to Aaron, who planned a wonderful vacation. Everything went smoothly and the accommodations were top notch. We were especially grateful for his help when a flight change caused us to have too short of a layover in Atlanta. He advocated very well for us with the airline in changing our flights. We also were very grateful for the upgrade to first class! We will definitely go back to Costa Rica with your company and will refer to others.”

Seibert Family

“Just wanted to give you feedback about the vacation. The unanimous opinion was that it was a home run! Everyone had a great time and the activities and transfers went without a hitch. Thanks for all your help. The kids were interested in any other similar vacations for next year. Thanks again for your help.”

Daniels Family

“What a fabulous trip!! We met many new friends, learned some new Spanish words, stretched our physical limits, ate new food and discovered that we loved the traditional Costa Rican foods. The 3 areas we visited were splendid. And, the weather was great; of course rain showers now and then but always at a good time. Saw lots of monkeys, birds, lizards, frogs, alligators and fish. We learned about the Rain Forest and the ecosystem. Drake Bay and the Aguila de Osa Inn was perfect for the setting. The friendliness of the staff, cleanliness and superb food way greatly appreciated and enjoyed. All the tours were tremendous and we even added the Mangrove Tour. Zip line was also fun. The raft trip was stunning especially when I was launched out in class IV rapids but eventually got back in the raft (Don got to pull me in). Having only 4 paddlers in a 6 paddler raft was a bit unstable.

I wish we had a full 3rd day in Arenal to do another activity. But, I guess that is always a sign of a great trip when you wish for more time. Even the trip by van to Arenal was interesting to see the changes in living quality.  We were warned not to walk in San Jose alone so we did not venture out of Grano do Orso when we were in San Jose. Eclipse travel was always on time and when our flight from Palmer Sur was delayed the driver patiently waited.  Nature Air had last minute plans to take off an hour late and then make a stop for more passengers along the way.  We learned that flight schedules etc. are not like in the USA but all went well.

Your planing, and selections were right on. Thanks for being a great travel agent.”

Ruth L.

“Both Laura and I had a wonderful honeymoon in Costa Rica and Panama. Everything was planned perfectly and all of our guides and reservations were on time. We absolutely loved Punta Caracol and Bocas Del Toro and consider it the most unique place we stayed at. The hotel staff, environment, and local people in Bocas made it a highlight of our trip. Even though it is a little out of the way, going to Bocas Del Toro is well worth it for anyone traveling to Costa Rica or Panama. Thank you again for all your help!”

Arvind S.

“What a wonderful trip you put together! Everything ran like clockwork and all your vendors were wonderful and accommodating. We just got back last night, and we had a marvellous time!I would definitely recommend Costa Rica Experts to my friends! ”

Danna H.

“I wanted to take a moment and thank you and Aaron very much for setting up our trip to Costa Rica. We had an amazing time there. I cannot think of what I can do to top that vacation!”

Richard W.

“We had the best trip! Everything went so smoothly.This trip totally exceeded our expectations! Aguila de Osa- Our very favorite place was Aguila de Osa. We did the mangrove and Corcovado tours (deciding at the last minute not to do the Cano Island snorkeling trip, but everyone there thought it was a great tour). The mangrove was a highlight. If people want to see animals, the mangrove tour is the way to go. It’s great with kids too, as they get to sit in a boat the whole time while getting very close to the animals. Just getting to the hotel was such an adventure! I could go on and on, but it was incredible (our room #1 was also GREAT). We fell asleep listening to the jungle and the howler monkeys woke us up. It was very hard to leave. OH, and there are NO mosquitoes in March. That was a pleasant surprise. Let me know if you want more details about this place. Great food, too! A couple guys were staying at the hotel to fish, so they brought back fresh fish every night. Tulemar- we loved this place. Tulemar was beautiful, quiet, great pool with incredible views, private beach with kayaks and boogie boards and was full of animals. We were able to kayak out to a great snorkeling reef right from our beach. We saw so many sloths, monkeys, iguanas, and birds right outside our door. We would definitely go back here! We ended up ziplining with Titi tours and had a great experience. Villa Blanca- what a relief to cool down at Villa Blanca! This place was great and I think 2 nights was perfect. The zipline ended up being a treat (after my concern it wouldn’t be “big” enough). There was nothing commercial the zipline or any of the activities at Villa Blanca. We got to hang out on the zipline and look at monkeys and it was just our family on the tour. It ended up being great. We got to see lots of bugs/insects/frogs on the night hike, milked cows and did a horseback ride. Definitely recommend the horseback ride. We rode for an hour, but would suggest a two hour ride as the area is beautiful and we wished we could have gone on a longer ride. The food at Villa Blanca was fantastic. We got to help out in their organic garden after milking the cows. Nayara- Nayara is BEAUTIFUL! It really is a nice hotel, gorgeous views, great bungalows, swim up bar in the pool, etc. It’s great. Thanks so much for you work putting this trip together! We had such an adventurous, educational, relaxing, amazing trip!”

Abby C.

“We loved our trip! Thank you for all your help and suggestions. Costa Rica is an amazing country and my family would love to go back. ”

Jancey J.

“We want to extend the biggest thank you we can to you and Costa Rica Experts for the most incredible and life changing trip of our lives. Wes and I loved every little detail from the welcome drinks at each hotel, to white water rafting, to dinner on the beach with the Calypso band at Arenas del Mar, to salsa dancing with the locals. We will forever remember every single detail. Couldn’t have done it without you, and we would never consider booking with any one else when we decide to go back. Thanks again!”

Lauren W. and Weston T.

“Wanted to thank you and let you know that the time in Panama was fabulous. All of our transportation went smoothly and everyone was there when expected. Both lodges were fantastic and we were able to see wildlife, hike, kayak, snorkel, and experience so much of the culture. Tranquilo Bay is particularly special, mainly due to the people. I’m excited to give you further feedback but wanted to thank you for all the work that went into the planning.”

Allison F.

“My clients had a great time on their vacation. Thanks again for all your help.”

Travel Agent

“Overall our trip to Costa Rica was wonderful and we had a great time. All the pick-ups you arraigned for us were perfectly on time or early (on two occasions they had to wait because Nature Air was running late). The Safari Float trip was wonderful and all three of us enjoyed it immensely. Again, overall the trip was great, and we loved flying everywhere. We’ll still use your services and recommend you. Next time we might explore the Caribbean side and the Osa Peninsula. ”

Peter D.

“Pam and I want to thank you very much for putting together such a wonderful trip. We had a fabulous time. All of the transfers went very smoothly, the accommodations were great, the scenery beautiful, the food delicious, and the people incredible. We loved Costa Rica. We especially appreciated having the drivers to take us to different locations. When I think of the different experience we would have had with a cookie cutter tour, I know that we were very fortunate to find Costa Rica Experts. When we met other travelers, we constantly told them how much we have enjoyed our trip. I will be posting a very favorable review on TripAdvisor. I also want to mention again how pleased we were with Christian Badilla, our driver for most of our tour. He was simply magnificent. He was a great driver, tour guide, and always went the extra mile. Getting to know Christian was one of the highlights of our trip.”

Angela M.

“I just wanted to get back to you and let you know that our trip went very well. All the activities and transfers went smoothly. We were impressed that the drivers often arrived early! We will definitely be returning to Costa Rica to visit Corcovado, Tortuguero, Poas, and continue the search for quetzals and anteaters, but I don’t know when that will be. Muchas gracias!”

Pauline H.

“A belated but genuine thanks for your help with our recent adventure. Everything went well, connections were excellent. if we go back to C.R. you will definitely be hearing from us.”

Jeff P. & Sally W.

“Trip was ah-MAZ-ing. Tons of fun and just was family needed. Si Como No was perfect… low-key, delicious food, staff great; trips awesome (loved, loved the white water rafting)… guides great. We added a few more including night jungle walk, mangrove boat trip, and sunset sail (we found a hippie on beach who had a boat… crazy guy, but price was right… and beautiful sunset). Thanks so much for your terrific help.”

Cynthia W.

“We had a great time! Fabulous country, wonderful people, fabulous food, good to great accommodations. The pick ups from drivers were all perfect! Loved the small flight transfer. Arenal Springs was truly magic. Could go on and on, as we loved CR. I plan to return in November. Thanks for everything! ”

Alyson P.

“Our trip was incredible, and we had the time or our life. Thank you for everything.”

Debbi C.

“We had the most amazing trip in Costa Rica! Thank you so much for planning everything so perfectly! It was the perfect trip! We loved everything! The hotels were awesome and the tours were perfect! All we did was show up in our lobby and the tour guide arrived right on time every time! Our kayaking adventure was excellent; we loved the Costa Rican “snack” at the end! The zipline was perfect for all of us! I can’t say enough wonderful things about every aspect of the trip! We’re telling everyone!”

Lara S.

“No longer do I hear the roaring surf of the Pacific Ocean… where the rainforest meets the sea. I miss my new friends the capuchins, fearlessly jumping from tree to tree, looking for snacks of fruit, bark and insects. Smelling like the musky javelina, we heard the agile, assertive, black tree dwellers pounce upon our tin roof, signaling the days onset of monkey mischief in a magical place called the Osa Peninsula. One afternoon, we witnessed one member of the Capuchin troop of 10, living ‘in our front yard’, take a granola bar right out of Javier’s hand. This tropical paradise experience was for me the highlight of our last 10 days. Each morning, a pair of scarlet macaws functioned as our alarm clock… flying abruptly off in search of almond seeds while sounding like a pair of pterodactyl dinosaurs. While wading through a green tapestry of 500 year old primary rain forest, an old, injured howler monkey fell almost to our feet. On a Cano Negro river tour, we spied 4 ‘Jesus Christ’ lizards. We snorkeled where pirates once rested and jumped on and off boats at high surf onto pristine, beaches without the aid of boat docks. The Costa Rican people always welcomed us graciously, happily sharing their simpler abundant world.”

Karina J.

“Our trip was incredible. The rafting was fantastic. With all of the rains, the river was still remarkably high, so the class III-IVs were pushing IV+s and maybe Vs. It was a ton of fun! Our guide, Pedro, was the best we’ve had in all of our travels. He was extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and accommodating, giving us tons of options for things to do and places to eat when we had free time. Many thanks again for helping plan such a wonderful vacation! We’re already talking about a return visit to the region.”

Frank C.

“Just wanted to let you know that we had such a wonderful honeymoon in CR. Thank you for all your help. Every transition in the trip was seamless and so easy. And you were really right about doing the air transfers over ground transfers – so worth it! We heard so many horror stories about the ground transfers and really enjoyed the flights. We were also thrilled to get lots of honeymoon perks along the way – free cocktails, champagne, and even a special toast by the entire staff at SkyTrek zipline in Arenal. We felt bad for some of the other honeymooners who weren’t getting the same treatment! Whatever you did – it worked! Thanks again, I will definitely recommend Costa Rica Experts to others.”

Danielle D.

“We were very impressed by you and Costa Rica Experts. We travel a lot and are used to things being a little bumpy or differing from what was described. In this case, everything was as you had said it would be. All transfers were on time and comfortable, The outings were as promised. The guide terrific. Thanks for all of your help in making the arrangements. It was a fabulous vacation.”

Simon D.

“We had an excellent time! All went well, hotels were comfortable, excursions were awesome, all tour guides & personnel were wonderful, the whole experience was perfect! You guys truly ARE the Costa Rican EXPERTS!! I will tell everyone who will listen about how wonderful you guys are, and how all of the operators you affiliate with are top notch!! Thanks Brandon! It was a super thrilling vacation – lots of memories to be cherished! We friended you guys on Facebook, and we will be a testimony to how AWESOME you are for a long time!”

Lynn P. & Family

“Elise and I had a marvelous trip to the Osa Peninsula!! We were active and busy every day, but still had “time to breathe” between adventures. I am soooo glad that we stayed for five nights. Those people who rushed in and out missed the opportunity to relax and enjoy the serenity of the area. We thank you for your suggestions and encouragement. We made sure Brad knew that we really like Costa Rica Experts.”

Elaine T.

“We had an amazing time in Costa Rica. The trip was wonderful and exceeded our expectations. I thought our guide, Alejandro, did a great job. He knew so much about nature, the wildlife, hiking, the country. He was also very nice. He spoke English perfectly but I also got to practice my Spanish with him as I also speak Spanish. We really like Hotel Grano de Oro. The cuisine was exquisite at the hotel restaurant. – we are still raving about it. We enjoyed all of our activities in Arenal – visiting Dona Rosa’s house was great. A great introduction to casado! We really enjoyed visiting the Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, and the Ecological Center. The best part was visiting the organic farm. We also really liked the Arenal Observatory Lodge – the Smithsonian had a very clear view of the volcano. Monteverde was nice and beautiful but while we were there the weather was rainy, cold and windy. This weather affected our ziplining as we were not able to see much because it was foggy. Despite that, the hiking in Monteverde was wonderful. El Establo was a very nice hotel. We loved Manuel Antonio. The Manuel Antonio National Park tour was great – we saw a lot of wildlife – monkeys, snakes, iguanas. The guide also did a great job. We enjoyed the whitewater rafting the best. Rios Tropicales made the journey fun. The weather was also wonderful in Manuel Antonio. Hotel Si Como No had the most breathtaking views and such a tropical place. The cuisine throughout the trip was great – I found a lot of vegetarian food. The breakfast in all the hotels was great. I have grown to love casado. I would say Manuel Antonio had the most diverse cuisine as it was the beach town. We visited some wonderful restaurants in Manuel Antonio. Overall, the trip was amazing. We thank you for your help. Costa Rica is a beautiful country. The trip was so organized and before we knew it there was someone to pick us up from breakfast. I think it also helped that Alejandro was with us from San Jose to Manuel Antonio. We would definitely recommend Costa Rica Experts to anyone. Your organization made our trip worry-free. We thank you for a wonderful experience.”

Falguni P.

“The trip was wonderful and met all of our expectations. I hope to go back one of these days. I can’t believe how nice everything worked out and what a beautiful country. Your tour company really did a nice job. Thank you ever so much for all your help. Costa Rica Experts is the best and so are you!”

Connie V.

“I loved C.R., and hope I can return at some point. As you know, the Los Angeles cloud forest is beautiful. When I got there (after 5 pm) it was socked in with fog. I arrived just in time for a night hike, and we saw some insects and frogs, and an owl. The lodge at Villa Blanca is wonderful (to me about perfect), and I really wished I had another day there to explore the reserve. I did take a brief walk in the am, and it was still very foggy and misty/rainy, really magical. There were a group of coatis outside my cabin. I really hated to leave. Thanks again for your help in planning this trip. I would certainly refer to you and or call you again, the next time I am able to go to C.R. (or Panama, or Nicaragua). Take care!”

Susan S.

“Como esta usted? Our trip was absolutely amazing. It was really nice having the extra day even though it wasn’t planned. Thanks so much for making the hotel and transportation changes on such a short notice for us. Since we had extra time in San Jose, we went downtown for a few hours Friday and that was a really neat experience. We got to see the Central Market and all the locals shopping, etc. We hardly saw any American-looking people that evening. I really felt like we were totally immersed in their culture which was cool!

We really enjoyed our stay at Arenal. The volcano was inactive, but we saw steam coming out at the top. When we got there it was really foggy with a misty rain. I talked to someone who said they had been there 4 days and hadn’t seen the whole volcano. We were really fortunate… the first evening we were there, it cleared up and the whole volcano was visible and the sun was shining onto it as it was setting. It was beautiful! We loved the White Hawk Villa! We were the only guests in the villa!

Manuel Antonio and Si Como No were really nice too!

Well, you definitely saved the best for last… the Peace Lodge! I loved every place we stayed, but the Peace Lodge was definitely unique. We loved the room! I never wanted to leave the bathroom once I saw it. The waterfall and the waterfall shower was unbelievable!! The grounds were beautiful, and the waterfalls were great! It was actually my birthday when we arrived there. My favorite part of the trip was hand-feeding the hummingbirds that night. Hummingbirds are always just buzzing around so quickly, and we only really have one type in our area here in PA in the summer. So, it was really cool to have the hummingbirds perch on my hand and really get a good look at all the beautiful colors. We took the night frog tour there which was cool, and we also went to Poas Volcano and toured the Doka Coffee Plantation. I brought like 5 lbs of coffee home.

Well, I could definitely share so much more info on how much we enjoyed our trip, but I’m sure you’re familiar with all of it! Thanks again for putting together such a great itinerary. The one transfer guide Ricardo was really good! I took about 588 pics, so I’ll have to go through them and share some good ones online.”

Alisa W.

“We loved the Grano de Oro-since we only had one night in San Jose, we had a wonderful meal in their restaurant, and they even packed us breakfast for our early morning pick-up. Aguila de Osa was fantastic. Especially loved the family style meals, and the “appetizer” hour where everyone shared their experiences. It’s amazing what happens when there is no TV! The staff was lovely. Both tours were great. Thanks for insisting on the boat trip from Sierpe, it was a great way to arrive A de O.

Villa Blanca was so beautiful, and we loved our casita. It’s great that they have such a good restaurant, because they are very isolated. Lovely spot, fantastic breakfast, lunch and dinner, all cooked to order.

Arenal Observatory Lodge-Awesome view and we had great weather! The gardens and grounds were spectacular-so many birds and butterflies. Nice pool. Loved the 4.5 KM zip line trip!!! All the other hikes were very good.

As you can see-we enjoyed our trip. Costa Rica is a beautiful, unique, country. Thank you for helping us arrange a lovely trip. You did a great job! Pura Vida!”

Judy and Lennie S.

“We had a wonderful trip in Costa Rica.  We felt it was the perfect balance of jungle and beach.  We really enjoyed each resort and appreciated them for their differences.  Because we split the trip the way we did, each day was distinctly memorable.  At El Silencio, we did a zipline/horseback excursion at pozo azul, a chocolate tour, and Arenal volcano/hot springs day trip.  We relaxed at the four seasons, sat at the pool and beach everyday, and played a round of golf.  We were very impressed by the food at the Four Seasons, and the breakfast buffet was a wonderful way to start each day.  The service at both resorts was excellent, and in general the Costa Ricans seem to be very friendly. Thanks for helping us plan an amazing honeymoon!”

Jillian A.

“It was an amazing trip, Mary. Thank you for everything. We are already talking about going back as a family in a few years when our son is older.We added a zip line excursion to our San Ramon itinerary and LOVED it. Everything was just amazing. Thanks again…”

Karen B.

“We had a great time. Your recommendations, service and follow through were unsurpassed. My wife Karen and I were extremely impressed with your service. Thanks again, this was a trip we will never forget. ”

Greg D.

“We had a fantastic trip and would recommend your agency with a glowing reference.”

Jennifer Chandler H.

“First of all I have to say THANK YOU for working so quickly with us and putting together this amazing trip. We had the time of our lives! The hotels we stayed at: Si Como No, Villa Blanca, and Arenal Nayara were beautiful. We would recommend them to anyone traveling to Costa Rica. The staff at the hotels were helpful and very knowledgeable. The hotels greatly exceeded our expectations and they were all so different its was cool to have all the various experiences.

The private transfers were a convenient way to get around to our different areas. The drivers were very nice and we had a great experience with them. On one transfer we even thought we had left a pair of fairly expensive sunglasses in the van. We asked our hotel to call the company and ask the driver to look for the sunglasses. 2 days later when we were picked up for our next transfer, the sunglasses were sitting there on the console waiting for us. We didn’t really believe we would get them back! That shows the integrity and honesty of the drivers and we were very grateful.

Our tours were AWESOME as well. The guides were so knowledgeable and friendly and we learned so much about the environment and the country. It was exactly what we were wanting on our first trip to the country.

Needless to say we had a wonderful experience thanks to Costa Rica Experts. We fell in love with the country and definitely plan on returning in the future… and when we do we will call you guys! I will definitely recommend you guys as well in the future to anyone we may know! Also, I am not sure I told you but we were also referred to Costa Rica Experts by a former customer of yours. They used your company for their honeymoon and recommended you to us. Thanks you again for all your help!”

Swathi Krishna

“Our trip to Costa Rica was a complete success. The kids thought it ranked one of our best if not our best vacation. They loved all the activities and the whole experience. Even the food! We really had a wonderful time. Everyone we came in contact with- the hotel staff, tour guides, in restaurants, etc. were all a pleasure. Not a sour note in the whole experience. So thanks for all your help. We did have rain and cold weather for the last three days but that did not deter us. Thanks again for helping us make great family memories.”

Jane G.

“The Thompson LOVED the Paradisus Playa Conchal and said all of the transfers were great! Thanks for your help.”

Chip, Just Vacations

“Thank you for arranging a fantastic trip – we had a great time. All the arrangements were wonderful – and the people were very nice and accomodating. Thanks again.”

Ila P.

“The Costa Rica part of the vacation was absolutely fantastic. Beyond fantastic. Everything went like clockwork and both the guide and the driver with whom we were hooked up were phenomenal. Beyond phenomenal. They both blended with our family perfectly and were perhaps among the most competent and pleasant people it has been my pleasure to know. Everything on the agenda was perfect for our family; it was non-stop and varied adventure exactly in our style.  The hotels/lodges you arranged were each really great and so interesting. I couldn’t be more pleased.

Bottom line:  Your company’s part of the trip was beyond perfect and I thank you for it. I gotta say that Carlos (our guide) and Raul (our driver) should be at the top of your list for future clients.”

David R.

“First off, thank you for making our vacation a grand success! All in all, an absolutely perfect vacation!Thank you Brandon for working with us.  You did a great job of listening to our desires and hopes. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect experience.

We will be talking to our friends to encourage them to contact you if they feel that they would like to see a country that is unsurpassed in its unique location and diversity. A country that has a people with a culture that sets them apart and continues to allow them to endure the difficult struggles of the Central American political history, ban their army, protect their earth, build industries that marry environment with economic need  and take on the challenge to teach visitors what it means to really be a responsible part of the earth’s eco-system. Thank you again Brandon. Pura Vida!”

Cindy, Bruce, Gilad, Lieza, Randy and Russell

“We had a fabulous vacation. All the shuttles you arranged for us worked out great. Drivers were always on time, and very friendly. The drives from Los Suenos to Tabacon and from Tabacon to Manuel Antonio were a little long, but we actually really enjoyed seeing the country side.  We stopped in a few small towns for lunch at a local Soda, which were nice experiences. Overall, the best family trip we’ve ever had.  My boys, 17, 15, 13, and my daughter, 10, all had a blast. Nice mix of activities, R&R, ocean, mountains, jungle, etc… Thanks again for all of your help.”

“Our trip was truly fantastic and everything worked out according to plan. I did do the zip line and my daughter and I thought this zip line was better than the others offered at the hotel. Also, I love white water rafting, who knew? I want to thank you for all of you hard work and brilliant suggests.”

Rhonda J.

“Just wanted you to know we LOVE the hotel and are having the best time… and the weather is beautiful! More when we get back but wanted to say hi and let you know how happy we are. Arenas del Mar is a very special place.”

Cathy K.

“The rafting was fabulous, as always. It rained the 2nd day so we had A LOT of water and it was really fun. Diving was also very good and the lodge was beautiful. The hotels/lodges were fancier than I expected but we adapted quite nicely. I was also really impressed with our drivers. All transfers were exactly on time, if not early. There wasn’t one single glitch in the whole trip. I don’t think that’s ever happened before! Going from Osa to the cloud forest was really a dramatic change. Since I had been there before, I knew what to expect. It was really neat for Dan to see two spectrums of the country. I am glad we decided on the last 2 days in the cloud forest. Zip lining, as always, was a blast. Next time, maybe rappelling down waterfalls… maybe. Panama and/or Nicaragua would be good too.

Thanks for a great trip Brandon. It’s really nice to have a “no brainer” trip once in a while when everything is planned ahead of time. We were very pleased.”

Ann J.

“We were thrilled with our honeymoon! We felt very lucky, especially with our accommodations at Hotel Borinquen. We took one day to do a tour, which we arranged through our hotel. While on the trip, we heard other travelers discussing prices, times, guides, and duration of their tours. To us, it sounded as though we had an experience above and beyond those on our zip line tour for a 1/3 of the price.Additionally, the staff at Hotel Borinquen made us feel spoiled! We were upgraded to a larger Junior Suite, which put a smile on our faces after we arrived late with no bags. We had many lovely conversations with all staff, who were more than willing (as we wanted) to help us with our Spanish and answer questions about culture, wildlife, etc.

At Sueno del Mar we had similar experiences with the staff more than willing to help find us exactly what we were looking for, from a grocery store with Salsa Lizano to a restaurant with more local cuisine and less tourist flare.

Please feel free to contact me with any other questions. I would be happy to speak to others considering a fabulous adventure in Costa Rica!”

Jill S.

“I just wanted to personally thank you for all of your effort in helping us plan this trip. Dan and I both consider this our best vacation ever, and your guidance and availability in answering all of our questions helped it to be that way. The Nayara and JW were wonderful places to stay and all of the tour guides/drivers we extremely, friendly, professional, and genuine.
Thanks!”

Meredith and Dan W.

“I just thought you’d like to know that the Halperin’s enjoyed their trip and as before, your company has some news fans! Thanks for all your help!”

Joe B.

Costa Rica Experts did a fantastic job, better than we could have expected. All the tours and travel arrangements went flawlessly and we were all mightily impressed with their professionalism.”

Michael P.

“We had an excellent trip. I loved the Arenal region and the hotel we stayed in. Would recommend it to everyone! Went to Tabacon springs one night (a spa resort that has hot springs that are warmed from the volcano), to the Hanging Bridges (600 acre rainforest region that has 16 hanging bridges on it for hiking), whitewater rafted on Rio Toro (we all really liked this!). All great excursions. All our plans went without a glitch!!! Everything was fairly timely and all vouchers had NO issues at all. Thank you – you did a GREAT job!!”

Dawn M.

“I’ve been home almost a week and can’t believe it’s taken me this long to write to thank you for a fantastic itinerary!  I/We had a fabulous time from beginning to end. It’s obvious you put us in the most wonderful of places as well as hand picked the ideal rooms.  You gave us an amazing experience and I can’t thank you enough.  Anyone I know going to Costa Rica will know about you and the advice you provide.
P.S.  Aguila de Osa Inn was my absolute favorite!
P.P.S.  CANNOT STOP THINKING ABOUT COSTA RICA EVERY TIME I HEAR BIRDS! Thanks again!”

Marla M.

“We just got back and it was a great trip! Thanks for listening to what we wanted to do and making it all happen!  Everything went flawlessly, even the airport transfers and all the small details, it was wonderful.”

Olivia G.

“I wanted you to know that I have received a very good report from the Clarke family! All of their arrangements went very well. They loved the Gaia! Service was quite good. And, they like Costa Rica and their tours. Thank you for your assistance with this reservation. Your help and knowledge was most appreciated!”

Barbara Burati, Burati Travel Inc.

“We’re back from Costa Rica and it was absolutely amazing! Everything went off without a hitch. The people are friendly, the drivers were all on time or early and very nice. This was my first experience with the voucher approach and it was nice to have them in hand. At Manuel Antonio we walked right into the park despite hundreds of people waiting at the gate on Good Friday. Finca Rosa Blanca – our first stop. Great intro to the area. Probably the best service in the restaurant of any resort we stayed at. We could have easily spent a week at this one spot. It was tranquil and the adjoining rooms worked perfectly when our son joined us. Loved the sustainable philosophy. Got me really interested in the topic. Breakfast included was terrific. Villa Blanca – again, we could have stayed a week. Unbelievable resort if you’re up for living in the clouds, and we were. Great hikes, day and night. Got a foot away from a group of feeding hummingbirds. I even milked a cow! They also walked the talk on sustainability, organic gardening, etc. Interesting science going on in the back lot. Service was outstanding. Grano de Oro – also a fabulous hotel. The restaurant was reasonably priced considering its high quality. We had one of the nicest meals ever, and our son rejoined us for that evening too.

If you’d like to know anything more, let me know. Otherwise, thanks so much for your help. You were always so accommodating and responsive. You made it a great planning experience. All of the activities you planned for us were awesome! We would highly recommend you and your company and will let you know if we travel to Costa Rica again.”

Vic L.

“Just wanted to write you to say that our family had the GREATEST time in CR. All our transports and tours and reservations were perfect and met our every expectation. The people couldn’t have been kinder and more considerate. Thank you for everything- it really was the trip of a lifetime. My girls and I especially loved Lapa Rios and the staff and activities there. I think we felt most at home there and everyone cried when we had to leave. The food and service was fabulous and we made it to the Carbonera School, the Pigs and Twigs tour, my 5 year old hiked the ridge, bird tour and wildlife sanctuary (loved this so much). I am sending my parents your way so look out for their call. I know they’d love Lapa Rios as well. My kids are filled with new info and appreciation for the area and all it’s potential. Thanks again for everything- we couldn’t have done it without you- that is for certain!!!”

Jennifer A.

“We had a FANTASTIC trip. Thank you for all of your help. The hotels were great, the cars were prompt and the drivers were so helpful. We are so appreciative of your recommendations. The kids loved every minute of the trip as did we! We are thinking of going back next February!”

Laurie M.

“I wanted to thank you for putting together such a great itinerary for our Costa Rica honeymoon. You picked the right places, Brianna was so impressed! Everything went so well, from the locations, meals, drivers, activities – everything was brilliant! Thanks again for all of your help. I will for sure be recommending your services to those interested in going to Costa Rica.”

Tim O.

“Vince and I would like to say thank you for the arrangements of our vacation to Costa Rica.  Everyone was very professional, nice and all transfers was on schedule. Hotel Grano de Oro was our most liked hotel. Tortuguero was interesting.  We got to see baby turtles leaving their nest to the ocean and the day we left Tortuguero we saw the trails of a very huge mother turtle tracks coming up the beach to lay her eggs and going out to the ocean.  Apparently, this was unusual to see turtles at this time of the year. Jose, Mawamba Lodge our guide we highly recommend a very nice person. The view of the volcano at Arenal Manoa was awesome. In addition to hiking the  bridges we did a night tour to see lava coming down the volcano but because of the rain visibility that night was not good.  Corteza Amarilla Art Lodge & Spa was nice as well.  La Paz gardens we thoroughly enjoyed too.  We would like to say again thank you to EVERYONE the staff of the hotels, lodges, guides, drivers etc. We even had the chance to see a bull fight in San Jose. We had a beautiful vacation and an experience we will always remember.”

Liz S.

“It was a great trip. Thank you for doing such a great job!!! I’m recommending your agency to anybody that plans to visit Costa Rica!!!”

Maria I.

“Back in the office this week, but wanted to get you a quick note of thanks for all your help in my honeymoon planning.  The Mrs. and I were blown away by the trip.  We cannot speak highly enough of Harmony and Oxygen. From the location, amenities, staff and more importantly, the food, our trip exceeded all expectations.  Driving was exciting but overall a painless venture, as were the flights and airports. We plan on going back at some point and we’ll certainly contact Costa Rica Experts for your guidance! Thanks again”

Ryan S.

What a wonderful time we had in Costa Rica! We appreciate your careful plans and smooth coordination of services – especially in changing dates at the last minute. We loved the hotels and the excursions, but mostly we were impressed with the warmth and charm of the “Ticos.”

Elizabeth & Chris Q.

“We returned from our trip a few weeks ago and I have been meaning to email you all a THANK YOU! We had a such a good time. You recommended great Hotels/resorts and restaurants and things to do. \We really had a wonderful vacation, because of you! You all do great job and we really appreciated it. Well Done!”

Eliza, Eric ,Claire and Melissa S.

“We just got back from Costa Rica a few days ago and we wanted to thank you for planning such an amazing trip. We both agree that it is definitely one of our best trips. From the beginning…

The hotel at San Jose – Gran De Oro – was very nice. The restaurant was elegant and the rooms were clean. They actually upgraded us to a suite the night we returned from our overnight rafting trip. Oh, we ate at the Italian restaurant you recommended and it was amazing! It really was one of our favorite meals on the trip!

We were very impressed with Rios Tropicales… the rafting was lots of fun, guides were full of personality, and the lodge far exceeded our expectations.

Our driver, Christian, who took us from San Jose to Arenal, taught us so much about the country. He made the 3 hour trip lots of fun. He took us to Desafio were we signed up for a canyoneering excursion. Canyoneering was a blast and all of the guides were so friendly!

We arrived at Arenal Nayara and were completely blown away by the hotel. It was one of the nicest hotels we’d ever stayed at…it possibly beats out our honeymoon suite on mykonos!! Our room had indoor and outdoor showers, a private jacuzzi on our balcony, and an amazing view of the volcano. Without a doubt we think you should recommend this hotel to ANYONE staying in the Arenal area.

Anyway, all in all we loved the trip and were very impressed at the organization of Costa Rica Experts. The vouchers made everything go quite smoothly. Thanks again for everything and we’ll be sure to recommend you to anyone looking to go to Costa Rica!!”

July 2009

“Just wanted to write you a quick note to let you know that Mariko and I had a fantastic time in Costa Rica. We took a lot of your recommendations and were very pleased.  Sunset at Ronny’s was the best!  I was impressed too that we got a phone call to our hotel to inform us that the time of our pickup for our guided hike tour in Manual Antonio tour the next day was at 8 am instead of 740am. Another company that I booked a sunset sail failed to do that and wrote me an e-mail instead (I decided to go computer free on the trip) so I didn’t know that the time changed to an earlier time until I got a call the day off from the hotel that a bus load of people were waiting for us 20 minutes earlier that I expected. Oh well. We were also very pleased with our 2nd private driver Jorge.  He stopped at clean rest stops, souvenir shops and showed us some crocodiles.”

Theresa D.

“We have returned from our trip and I have to say it was absolutely fabulous! Everything went off without a hitch from the flights to the transports to the excursions – it was clock work!  Everyone was so friendly and helpful and went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and willing to share additional information with us during our excursions.  We truly enjoyed our time in all areas and the Tabacón Grand Spa & Thermal Resort was absolutely beautiful and relaxing.  Our highlights in Manuel Antonio were the Hotel Si Como No, the canopy tour and white water rafting excursions. The guides were very friendly and again made us feel comfortable.   During the white water rafting excursion we even changed the agenda to go with a group down another class IV & V river vs. the Savegre river as we would have been by ourselves and we thought it would be fun to go with a group! It was well worth it! The food was phenomenal and we loved the fresh fruit daily, especially the pineapple.  We would recommend this tour and your company to all our friends.  Thank you so much for putting this great trip together for us as it was everything we wanted to do and then some J  Again, thank you for helping us create memories that will last a lifetime!”

Debbie M.

“I loved our destinations, and the hotels/lodges we stayed in were great! The Grano de Oro has to be the prettiest hotel I’ve ever stayed in. Then, moving on to the Arenal Observatory Lodge, we were very impressed with the grounds and the rooms with the view of the volcano. When we got to Aguila de Osa Inn, my kids were saying – “Mom, each place gets better than the one before. I don’t know how you did it!” Well, I got the credit, but you are the ones who did it.  You did a great job getting us good rooms in each place.  All of our activities were a blast too – the white water rafting, rappelling, snorkeling, hiking in Corcovado.  Plus the small plane trip out of Arenal was quite an enjoyable “extra.” Thanks for all the effort you put into the plans. All of us had a great time, and it was a perfect type of vacation to spend time with our grown-up “children.”

Teresa F.

“Our trip to Costa Rica was WONDERFUL!! We absolutely LOVED everything about it… and we look forward to visiting again. Everything went well and smooth. The drivers were all on time and waiting for us… every tour excursions was excellent..and everyone was extremely accommodating with the kids, especially the 2 little ones. Mom, Dad and all 4 kids were very happy and relaxed on our vacation. The Springs Resort was amazingly beautiful and wonderful. On the first day there, we asked the manager for a tour of the “villa” and he upgraded us for free for the duration of our stay.. it was truly the best part of the vacation. That resort and its views are amazing..i cant express enough how much we loved this trip… Thank you for all of your help and planning, especially with only a very very short notice. IT WAS PERFECT!”

Janine and Steve Y.

“We had a fantastic time! All went well. Interesting people at both resorts. I survived the zip line! Our whitewater rafting guide, Mey, was a great instructor. Loved the Lost Iguana and its location. Lapa Rio was the best. Wonderful walks and lectures. The trip was everything and then some. Thanks so much for your help.”

Buena C.

“Once again, an awesome trip! Thank you. La Paloma was beautiful and lots of fun. We highly recommend Villa #1. Very remote and on the point. Excellent views! Thank you for so many wonderful memories. We love Costa Rica!”

Kristin G.

“I wanted to let you know we had a fantastic time in Costa Rica. You did a great job organizing everything from the transport to the resorts. I was impressed with how punctual all the drivers were. Everyone was very helpful and friendly. The three eco lodges were wonderful. The food was good and the accommodation were very Costa Rica and clean.”

Pat S.

“We are back from the trip and I wanted to tell you that we enjoyed it immensely. Everything went smoothly, no hiccups in transfers or reservations.  You did an impeccable job in your recommendations. All the hotels and activities that you recommended were perfectly suited to us. In particular we especially enjoyed our stays at the Aguila de Osa, Xandari and Hotel Si Como No. They provided very personalized and warm service, laid back atmosphere, fine accommodations.  “Completely Costa Rica” and Eclipse Tours accommodated all of our special needs and various itinerary modifications promptly and with enthusiasm (with no extra charges). I highly recommend them; please pass our thanks and compliments on to them, the hotels we stayed at and the rest of your staff at Costa Rica experts. Thanks again for one of our best vacations ever!”

Rick H.

“We had a really great time in Costa Rica. Thanks for your help with making our arrangements. All of the hotels were great and the excursion companies you work with are top notch.”

Wendy H.

“Finca Rosa Blanca was lovely. Quirky architecture, beautiful views, and especially nice people working there. Food was great. Coffee tour was interesting. Walked to a great seafood dinner at Rancho Santa Barbara, recommended by an employee at the Finca.

The termales were truly amazing and we enjoyed them after our long bike ride. Bike ride was the highlight of the trip. The ideal ride – with a marvelous guide and full van support (the driver trailed patiently behind us the whole ride). We had some wonderful meals in La Fortuna and enjoyed a night hike to view the lava flow.

Villa Blanca was beautiful and serene. Great food, great service and friendly, helpful staff. The cloud forest is unlike anyplace I’ve seen. Had a guided night and daytime walks in the cloud forest. We are left with the impression of a warm, friendly, well-educated, interested and interesting people who go out of their way to connect

with you, have a great pride in the country’s achievements, natural beauty and geographical diversity. The Ticos we met seemed kind to their animals, slow to anger, tolerant and accepting with a sense of humor and an appreciation of  what’s important in life. Can’t wait to return. Mary, many thanks for your thoughtful planning and skillful, timely rearranging of our lodging. You listened to our requests and couldn’t have accommodated them more successfully. Well done!”

Eric S.

“Thank you for your help in the planning of our awesome vacation. We loved Costa Rica, the tours, Lapa Rios and The Springs Hotel especially. That place was amazing.”

Kim & Michael B.

“We had a fabulous time and would use your services again next time and recommend you to others. The accomodations were beautiful, the guides were always prompt and knowledgeable, the activities planned were wonderful. My favorite was the day of biking around Arenal. The weather cooperated even in the rain forest! Thank you for a wonderful vacation!”

Tina S.

“Just wanted to tell you what a wonderful trip LaDonna and I had to Costa Rica. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there, the weather was perfect and everything went great. From the first pick up at the airport in San Jose, all of our connections and appointments were right on time with no issues at all. Christian, who was our main driver for the majority of our travels was absolutely wonderful. We wanted to keep him with us – he offered us so much information, was a great resource, and went above and beyond to make us comfortable and insure we had whatever we needed. The other drivers were very good also.

Everyone in Costa Rica, all the people, were very kind to us and eager to help us in anyway. All of our accommodations were excellent especially Casa Turire and El Sapo which were the two recommendations you gave us – we really loved them both. It was nice to end in El Ocotal which was beautiful and relaxing. The activities, rafting, sky trek and scuba diving were also great and we had no injuries! Again, everyone was very polite and helpful to us.

We appreciate all your help and assistance in making our trip possible. We certainly could not have put it together without you and the arrangements you made were awesome. So thank you again for everything. We had a wonderful time.”

Lisa Y.

“My husband and I returned on Saturday night from our vacation in Costa Rica with our friends. The trip could not have gone more smoothly. It was a total delight. Thank you for all your hard work in planning a most wonderful vacation. We appreciate it.”

Stephanie M.

“We returned a few days ago from our Costa Rica trip. We had such an amazing time!! It was the best trip we have ever taken as a family. The rafting and our time at Drake Bay were the highlights for us. All of our transportation was on schedule and added to the adventure of the trip. Thank you for all your help in making the arrangements.”

Dawn K.

“Just a quick note to let you know that my daughter and I had a wonderful time in Costa Rica – your trip organization was excellent! Each of the four hotels was great, and unique in its own way (although, if I had to pick a favorite, it would be “Si Como No”). Transportation was fabulous, as were the tours/activities and the guides were superb! In Europe we used to call Costa Rica the “Switzerland of Central America” and at times I actually felt as if I were in my home country (Switzerland) – except for the roads – because the organization was so perfect and everyone was so punctual and competent.”

Beatrice D.

“I want to thank you for helping put together a WONDERFUL trip. My family (and now friends hearing about it) keep asking me how I managed to arrange 12 days of adventurous activities, great hotels and perfectly timed transfers. I tell them, “Aaron at Costa Rican Experts!” Peace Lodge was a standout because of the wonderful rooms and bathroom, and the amazing wildlife and how they have set it up. The bird atrium, monkey habitat and butterfly garden were far superior to the butterfly garden near Si Como No. My teenagers loved wandering down to see what the animals and birds and even jungle cats were up to. The Thermal springs and zip lining near Tabacon were fantastic. The entire trip was hassle free. Thanks for all your help!”

DD McFarlane
January 2009

“Our group of 16 spent last week in Costa Rica and had the most WONDER-full experience from beginning to end. We loved everything about the country and our trip: the spectacular flora and fauna, the delightful activities, the delicious food, the lovely hotels, and most especially our professional driver Juan Carlos and our exceptional guide Gustavo. I will recommend them to anyone who is interested in traveling to Costa Rica. Our group was not an easy one – our youngest traveler was 8 and our oldest was in her 70’s, but we all enjoyed everything we did and every restaurant Gustavo recommended was perfect. Thank you for arranging our extraordinary experience.”

Julie T.

“Thank you so much for helping us plan one of our best trips ever! The three of us absolutely fell in love with Costa Rica and cannot wait to explore the country again. We had an amazing time and were blown away with the beauty of the country and the hospitality of the people. The accommodations were great and we really enjoyed all of the tours/excursions. Your colleagues at Completely Costa Rica were extremely accommodating and patient when we had to shift our Sky Tram/Sky Trek tour to the following morning, due to the tropical depression that hit, and therefore had to push back our transfer to Manuel Antonio to later in the day. Everything all worked out in the end and we finally got to experience ziplining. Many thanks again!”

Donna K.

“I just wanted to write and THANK YOU for all you did in planning our Costa Rica trip! We had an amazing vacation. It truly exceeded our expectations. The trip felt well-paced and definitely left us felling like we experienced the many facets of Costa Rica. So Now we are back in in NY and dealing with some freezing temperatures – but our minds are certainly still in Costa Rica. Thank you again for all of your help in organizing our trip. I especially appreciate your patience in answering my many emails and phone calls! We had a wonderful time and it was a trip that we’ll remember for a very long time.”

Laura S.

“We got back from our trip this weekend and I just wanted to let you know what a great time we had! It was beautiful and everyone was so friendly! We loved all of the areas we visited and felt like each hotel we stayed at was the nicest around. The drivers and tour guides were all professional and personable and we felt like we were in good hands the entire time. We were particularly glad we had decided to upgrade to the “Royal Service” area at the Playa Conchal – it was amazing. Thanks again for all your help! We’ll let you know when we want to plan our next trip!”

Leslie C.

“Just a short note to say that our vacation was great and we had an awesome time. There were no problems at all. You guys know your stuff! Many Thanks!”

Harold P.

“I just wanted to thank you for arranging a truly fabulous trip! Everything worked out without a hitch and our guide, Alex exceeded our expectations! We were very lucky that the rain stayed away for our canyoning, ziplining, boating and time on the beach. We loved Arenal Observatory Lodge with the volcano so close and the beautiful grounds. It was great to be there three days so that we even had a clear afternoon for viewing. The other accommodations were also great. I miss the sounds of the howler monkeys at night! Thanks again for all your help.”

Leslie M.

“Just wanted to send a note of thanks for arranging our recent holiday to Costa Rica. The country itself was absolutely stunning and we had a great time. Everything ran completely to plan – the pick ups were all on time, tours and hotels excellent. I would definitely recommend Costa Rica and Costa Rica Experts as a tour organizer, so thanks very much!”

Paul T.

“Wow! We had a magnificent vacation in Costa Rica. Thank you Costa Rica Experts for all of your excellent planning. Everything (really – everything) was planned perfectly. Our drivers were always prompt and courteous. They also liked telling us about their home. The tours that you arranged for us were all very professional. Not only did we learn new things, but we also just had fun with our guides. Again, thank you so much for great suggestions and assistance. We will be calling you again sometime in the future for another round.”

Bill L.

“We just got back from Costa Rica and had a wonderful time! We will definitely go back! All the drivers showed up on time as promised and everything went off without a hitch! We saw giant sea turtles laying eggs at Tortuguero, the volcano exploding at Arenal and whales off the Osa Peninsula. What a kick! We LOVED the Manatus and Aguila de Osa resorts and would highly recommend both! They are intimate, jungle “elegant”, and provide outstanding personalized service!”

Pam C.

“I just wanted to thank you for the great trip to Costa Rica! I especially wanted to be sure to let you know how much we all enjoyed our stay at Arenal Nayara. The staff was excellent and we couldn’t have asked for nicer rooms. I don’t think you can go wrong by putting any of your clients up there. Also, we were really impressed by the company you guys used to drive us from place to place. They were all very prompt and personable and helped make some of the long rides enjoyable. Thanks again for your help and we will be sure to refer your company to other planning on vacationing over in Costa Rica!”

Stephanie C.

“Thank you so much for your help putting together a fabulous trip. The mixture of luxury and adventure was perfect. All accommodations and transfers went flawlessly and the drivers/guides were informed and helpful.”

Ann H.

“Just a note to thank you for your assistance with our clients’ reservation. They enjoyed the trip tremendously and had great comments on your ground services in Costa Rica.”

Barbara Niculas, President, Bayside Travel

“I just wanted to tell you that out recent trip to Costa Rica was just wonderful.Your itinerary worked flawlessly and everything was smooth. We loved Manatus, Arenal and Bahia del Sol. I have many great memories and photos. The high point of our trip was the Pure Trek Canyoning. That was a first class organization and it was amazing. So many thanks to you and please use me as a reference if needed.”

Toni B. (Patterson Family)

“Thank you for arranging a perfect trip for Bryan and me. We appreciate how you listened to our preferences. You chose activities and accommodations that matched our requests and exceeded our expectations. All the people that we encountered as drivers and guides were welcoming and knowledgeable. We plan to call you to book another trip to Costa Rica next year.”

Sarah H.

“It was a great trip and we thank you for doing such a wonderful job with planning. Everything worked out perfectly, the hotels were fabulous and Alex Arias was the best guide ever. Your company is a pleasure to deal with.”

Sandy M.

“We liked all the accommodations and all transfers were timely, accompanied by good guides. I’m especially glad you were able to have us met at the airport and taken directly to the Peace Lodge since we were running a day late due to the snowstorm. In summary it was a great trip that I would have not changed anything and we will contact you again when we go next as well as refer a few friends to you. Many thanks from the 4 of us for a great trip!”

Bob W.

“We just returned from our Costa Rica trip. It was superb! Everything about it was wonderful. We loved the country, all the excursions that we did, the hotels, etc. Your company made the trip so carefree and easy for us. Everyone was always there right on time to pick us up. The drivers were friendly. We enjoyed it immensely. We will definitely recommend your company to our friends and family.”

Stacy and Alan G.

“I just wanted to pass on feedback from the Dean honeymoon you helped me book. Thank you for making their trip such a success. I look forward to working with you again in the future!”

Sheba P.

“I wanted to thank you for the last minute trip that you had organized for my husband and myself. We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 night stay at Si Como No and all the trips from there. In addition to the pre-planned Water rafting and the Manuel Antonio park we also went horse-back riding and did the Canopy Zip lines. All of the trips were very well organized and were not overcrowded, except for the zip-lines (which was still a lot of fun). Our stay at the Cloud Forest Villa Blanca was less fortunate as far as the weather was concerned because it was very cloudy and rainy. Interestingly, it made the house where we stayed even more cozy and charming. This vacation was beautiful and very relaxing.”

Elina K.

“We’re back and it was the best family vacation we’ve experienced. It all worked like clock work… unbelievable. It was also great that so many folk spoke english. We LOVED the accommodations. We had one of the best rooms at the El Establo and a huge suite at the Harmony. You guys a bang up job. Thank you!! BTW, we’ll be going back to CR.”

Michelle S.

“I want to thank you very much for arranging our trip. There were no hitches in our travels. We were picked up on time everywhere we went. The hotels were great and we liked the variety of the places we stayed. I would suggest having travelers spend at least 3 full days at the Aguila de Osa Inn. We could not fit in the tour scheduled for us since we decided to do another hike in the park. It was the best of all the places we stayed and the others were great too. There is so much to see there. Many thanks for putting together a great trip we will always treasure.”

Cornel M.

“The trip is over, we are all back safe and sound. All of your work paid off. The timing was perfect, the hotels beautiful and scenery ect, gorgeous. I would recommend Costa Rica Experts anytime. Thank you for your help for the Stone-Kaster Family.”

Barbara K.

“We would like to thank you for organizing our trip to Costa Rica. We had an absolutely fabulous time and loved every minute of it! So much wildlife and such a friendly country! The transfers were all bang on time and your in-country partners were very professional. We thoroughly enjoyed the Peace Lodge which I would recommend to anyone visiting Costa Rica. The hotel was exceptional and the park was a great opportunity to get up close to all the animals. The Costa Verde in Manuel Antonio was very nice and had some great restaurants with fantastic views over the sea and the park, which in turn offered some pretty spectacular wildlife sightings. Aguila de Osa was something unique, with monkeys dropping coconuts on the roof to wake us up every morning! Grano de Oro was very classy and the food in the restaurant was top quality!Overall our trip was a very positive experience and we would recommend your services to anyone we know who voices an interest in visiting Costa Rica. The tour worked brilliantly with a good balance between wildlife and activities and could be a great addition to your standard packages for people that would like to do slightly longer trips than your currant averages! Thank you ever so much for organizing a brilliant holiday!”

Claire & Robert S.

“We just got back from our vacation in CR and I was writing to let you know that everything went smoothly. There transfers were all good and were on time and both hotels were great – Montana del Fuego and Villablanca. Thanks for your advice on these.”

Carol M.

“My wife and I just want to thank you for creating a wonderful vacation for us. We enjoyed every minute of it. The places we stayed were great especially the Aguila de Osa. Our tours were wonderful. The nicest part was that you took care of everything and it went down like clockwork. We didn’t have to stress out on travel arrangements or accommodations or anything. It was perfect. We really liked Costa Rica and will go there again. We will definitely contact you when the time comes.”

Markus J.

“Just wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous time in Costa Rica! We really enjoyed the trip and the guided portion (San Jose to Arenal, Monteverde, then to Manuel Antonio) was exceptional! Marco from Costa Rica Sun Tours was absolutely amazing–I can’t imagine doing this kind of trip without a guide, I would have missed sooo much. I can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed Marco. Also, it was my husband and I and one other passenger–really nice! Thank you again for all of your help. I have highly recommend you to everyone who has asked about our excellent trip to Costa Rica.”

Teresa W.

“Ronald and I wanted to thank you for having put together such a wonderful package for us, everything went smoothly and even the days of our transportation were an adventure in itself. Everything was beautiful and wonderful and Costa Rica, everyone was very pleasant and genuine; everyone showed up on time and did a great job. We just wanted to thank you for helping making this turn out to be an extraordinary adventurous trip. Thank you for doing such a great job, it was an amazing trip!”

Ronald Z.

“Thank you for all your help getting us there with all of American Airlines’ problem. Your parts of the trip (the car, hotels, tours, getting us to the airport, ect.) was flawless! We had an amazing time. We will recommend you to our friends who may be traveling to Costa Rica and certainly work through you when we go back. Thanks again!”

Glenn, Alex & Donna & Julie F.

“I just wanted to send a note and thank you as we had a wonderful trip. Everything worked out great. All of our transfers, guides, and places to stay and go worked flawlessly. Thanks for your help in making our vacation an amazing experience.”

Richard S.

“Brandon, thank you for lining everything up. The hotels were fabulous and the river rafting, canopy tours, Tabacon Spa and rental vehicle were simply amazing. You are the best and I will certainly use you again. BTW, I have sent several people to you already. Once again, the trip was incredible due to your efforts. We are going back soon. Thank you, thank you!”

Bill B. and Family

“Just thought I would let you know we had a great trip in Costa Rica. Harmony/Nosara was our definite favorite, would highly recommend it to all adults and older children. We can’t wait to go back. Hotel Grano de Oro was a great choice. The food at Grano was outstanding and service was 1st class. Having a driver was a great idea, glad you suggested it verses renting a car. Even if we went back, would still get a driver. The Pacuare white water rafting trip was a long trip from San Jose but one of the best rafting trips we have done and we have done quite a few. While I was hesitant that I would be able to do the canyoning, it was also a great excursion – Pure Trek does a great job and the owner was a wealth of information on the area. Would also recommend the charter from Nosara to San Jose, it was far better than doing the long trek in the car. Thanks for arranging it all. Great job.”

Carol F.

“We returned from Costa Rica yesterday and had a wonderful time. All of our arrangements were great – the drivers were on time and very personable. Tabacon was beautiful and Villablanca was even more so. We especially loved staying there and our tour to Poas Volcano and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens was a great day. Thanks for planning and arranging everything for us. We would certainly recommend your agency to our friends.”

Gladie and Jerry S.

“We just returned from our fabulous trip to Costa Rica. Thanks to your expertise, every day was great. The drivers were on time, the accommodations were spectacular. The tours were just right for my family. I would be more than happy to offer a recommendation to use your company if anyone needs references. Thank you again from all of us.”

The Mockaitis Family

“I have been meaning to let you know that our trip worked out very well. The Sea Hunter to Cocos Island was a great trip and your arrangements work perfectly. The transportation and guides were on time and accommodating. Near the end when the guide was going to stop at the Waterfall Gardens and found out we had already been there earlier, he arranged for another car and sent us to see things we hadn’t seen yet. The river trip was excellent and we enjoyed staying overnight at the lodge. The Arenal Volcano was pretty active when we were there and the top was clear so we saw the red glowing boulders coming out the top and rolling down the side. I can’t ignore the Grano de Oro. We were treated very well and the place is beautiful. The food was so good that we never went anywhere else when we were staying there. Thank you for your help in making this a great trip.”

Allan & Jan B.

“Just wanted to tell you how happy we were with everything about our trip from the first day I called your office until we returned home. I just kept saying to myself how glad I was that I found your company online and what an outstanding job you did on helping us plan our trip. The employees were wonderful, always returning my calls timely and always polite and patient with me. All the accommodations were wonderful, always clean and safe. Playa Nicuesa was exceptional. What surprised us most was whenever we were to be picked up and transferred, the drivers were always prompt and very nice people. Absolutely nothing went wrong! I just want to tell you how happy we are with Costa Rica Experts, the places you sought out for us and the people who transferred us. I wish I could express myself better. Thank you again! We will be calling on you again and I have told everyone that I come into contact with to go to Costa Rica but to call you first.”

Peg D.

“I just wanted to email you and let you know how amazing our trip was to Costa Rica was. You did an awesome job! The hotels were beautiful and so were all the excursions. I will definitely be referring you to our friends and family. Thanks again for making the process so easy and well worth the fun. Great job!”

Lindsey S.

“We wanted to thank you for planning the incredible trip to Costa Rica for us. It was flawless. All went smoothly. We loved having the private transfers. The drivers were wonderful. Very accommodating and shared a lot about the country. It was like three vacations packed into one. Peace Lodge, Lost Iguana and Grand Papagayo. We enjoyed the different temperatures and climate. We loved being able to travel around the country. There is much to do and learn about Costa Rica. Glad we didn’t drive, it is so much nicer to sit back and enjoy the ride. Thanks again. We can’t stop talking about this trip. Best one we have taken! Your name will be passed on and we hope to be calling you again in the future.”

Kath and Mike A.

“Just quick note to let you know that my honeymoon clients came back absolutely elated about the great service during their trip. The hotels were amazing, every service perfectly on time and they had the greatest time! Thank you very much for your recommendations and efficiency… will definitely be in touch!”

Rebecca Fihman
House of Travel

“I’m back from my trip and everything was great! All the hotels, transfers, flights and activities went off perfectly! The people are very friendly and I met some other travelers who were fun to be with. The Osa Peninsula and the Aguila de Osa Inn was the best!”

Steve S.

“Thank you very much for an excellent vacation! We were very impressed with all of our accommodations and amazed by the service provided by our drivers and guides. They were always waiting for us at the correct time and went out of their way to provide an interesting and comfortable trip. I will certainly be contacting you again and have already recommended you to several friends.”

Elizabeth K.

“We just got home and had a WONDERFUL trip. Everything went like clockwork! Thanks to your agency for having everything planned out so well in advance.”

Bill S.

“I am sad to say that I am home from my vacation. I could have easily stayed forever. I wanted to thank you for all of your help in making this trip possible. I vacation often and travel the world, but nothing could have prepared me for the beauty of these two countries (Nicaragua and Costa Rica). Waking up at Morgan’s Rock, Nicaragua was amazing. This resort has a huge private beach and has a very secluded romantic feel to it. We got to see a sea turtle come ashore to lay eggs and were allowed to “help them” into the ocean. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful and I had the feeling that they would bend over backwards for me if I had asked. I would not only recommend this eco-lodge to everyone I know, but would describe it as paradise. Si Como No is another perfect spot. Everyone was friendly and the property was beautiful. From the moment I left LA, until the time I returned, everything went off without a hitch. All of drivers, flights, guides were on time and everyone was so friendly. I can’t thank you enough for your expertise in our travel arrangements and your knowledge of the area. None of this would have been possible without you.”

Cherie F.

“Everything was planned so well, we didn’t have to worry about a thing. From arrival to departure, it was a seamlessly executed, stress-free experience. The Costa Rica Sun Tours guides were fantastic and made the difference between a so-so holiday and a great one. On the trip between San Jose and Arenal area, our guide was so incredibly kind, knowledgeable and patient; he made the entire ride interesting. We stopped to see sloths, birds and iguanas; we saw the waterfalls and butterflies; we ate, drank and shopped endlessly. By the time we arrived at the Volcano, we were sorry to have to continue our trip without him. Many thanks to everyone for putting together such a great itinerary for us. I’ll recommend you to anyone planning a visit to this beautiful country.”

Antonia B.

“I just wanted to let you know that my party had a great trip with absolutely only good things to say. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job for them.”

Bonnie Kramer
Best Travel

“It was a fabulous trip. You prepared a great itinerary and great hotels. We loved our guides. I have recommended your agency to others.”

Gay S.

“We had a wonderful time. It really was the best family vacation we’ve ever had. Your organization of the trip was terrific. The hotels, activities and planning made it so easy and enjoyable for us. Out favorite hotel was Si Como No. The staff there was the best and so helpful. The Zipline tour was great and the guides in Costa Rica that you arranged for our family were a joy.”

Art B.

“Just wanted to thank you for planning a superb trip. We truly loved it – it was wonderful for my entire family – with a wide spread of ages! The activities were varied, exciting, educational, fun – all of the above. Thank you so much.”

Jill C.

“I want to say how much I enjoyed the tour you planned for our group. It was a beautiful and interesting tour. You could not have given us better guides, not only so very knowledgeable but were courteous, helpful and fun to be with. Not a combination one always gets in a guide! I can say the same for our bus driver. He was super. I hope to return to Costa Rica sometime in the near future.”

Annabelle S.

“Unbelievable trip, everything went off without a hitch. You all did a fantastic job…first vacation where I didn’t want to come back. Thanks again, will definitely use your services again.”

Mike N.

“I just wanted to thank you for arranging an amazing trip. I had a wonderful time. I was particularly impressed with the Aguila de Osa Inn. Its location, activities, accommodations and staff were perfect. Thanks again, I will recommend Costa Rica Experts to anyone interested in traveling to Costa Rica.”

Julie M.

“Just wanted to thank you for your help with our trip. Your suggestions were right on for our family with 3 boys and we didn’t want to leave!”

Sharon K.

“The front desk people at Hotel Grano de Oro were fabulous. We were equally impressed with the people at Aguila de Osa. Talk about anticipating every need…they were so on top of things. We felt completely comfortable and taken care of there. They really made an effort to make our vacation special from scoping out animals for us to look at on our way to the hotel to the knowledge our guides shared with us on our tours, the way Pedro and Carlos made sure every detail was taken care of, and the special effort Brad made to make us feel welcome. We thought everyone on the staff there was excellent. In fact, we would highly recommend both Aguila de Osa Inn and Hotel Grano de Oro to anyone we know planning a trip to Costa Rica.”

Diane V.

“We wanted to compliment you on the wonderful job you did selecting the hotels and subcontractors. The service was beyond all expectations for their friendliness, helpfulness and fluency in English. Every transportation with Eclipse was punctual. I will certainly recommend your company to anyone else planning a trip to Costa Rica.”

Marci R.

“I just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful trip. All of your arrangements were perfect. The hotels and food were great and everyone we dealt with was very nice. It really was a very special vacation.”

David S.

“We booked our honeymoon vacation to Costa Rica through your company. I’m just writing to let you know how happy we were with the travel plans you put together for us. Every reservation, transfer, in-country flight, car rental etc went according to the itinerary you provided – without a hitch. It made our vacation very stress free. Thank you for a job well done. I will definitely recommend you to others.”

Tom V.

“Once again, a job well done. I just wanted to convey my pleasure on another tour gone GREAT! My clients came back and raved about everything. The two tour guides that were with them, the beauty of Costa Rica, and the ease of travel, just everything. They were my second booking with your company and my first also raved and they are still raving. Again, thank you for having great people in Costa Rica and a great staff to help me out.”

Rhonda Maroney, Owner
Help Me Rhonda Travel

“I am writing to thank you for planning our May 2006 trip to Costa Rica. Every detail was tended to and executed without flaw. Hotel Grano de Oro in San Jose was such a unique hotel and our rooms with private patios and fountains were wonderful.  Mawamba Lodge in Tortuguero was a delight, from the rain forest tours to looking for turtle nests.  Si Como No in Quepos was the best.  It was built into the rain forest and all the private villas melted into the landscape.  We had 3 different species of monkeys next to and even on our villa roof. The activities and restaurants in Quepos and Manuel Antonio were excellent and wide ranging.

From our pickup at the airport in San Jose to the private charter plan to fly us across the country and finally back to the San Jose airport, all connections and transports were without fault. The tours on both the Caribbean coast and Pacific coast were fascinating. Again, thank you Aaron and Costa Rica Experts for a wonderful trip. If we decide to go to Costa Rica again, or know anyone who is, you and your group will be the only ones we would contact or recommend.”

Glenn S., Mary S., Patrick B. & Beth R.

“As a first time traveler to Costa Rica I was a little apprehensive as to whether or not our trip, transfers and excursions would go as planned. I always expect a few hitches along the way. I fully expected to see our driver waiting upon our arrival in San Jose but I did not anticipate the level of enthusiasm and desire to accommodate our wishes that my party experienced during our drive out to the coast. We experienced the same high level of enthusiastic accommodation throughout every phase of our itinerary. I can’t think of anything that could have made this a better “FIRST” trip to Costa Rica and it all started with your help (and patience) in planning our vacation. You developed the exact itinerary that we wanted and your providers exceeded out expectations. Costa Rica Experts will be the only call that we make for our next trip.”

Fred B.

“I just wanted to drop you guys a line to say thank you. I had the time of my life in Costa Rica and I couldn’t have done it without you. Everything went flawlessly smooth and I felt safe and calm because of your services and advice. I saw how other people were running into problems while trying to do things on their own so I really appreciate what you guys do. I’ve already recommended Costa Rica Experts to many of the fellow tourists I met along my journey and will continue to do so with my land-locked amigos here in Chicago. I want to especially thank Mary for all her hard work. Way to go Mary! I just got back this morning and am thrilled with the thought of returning to Costa Rica. I have a lot of unfinished business there.”

Brendan W.

“Our trip was an unqualified success. Thank you and please thank your colleagues in San Jose for making the arrangements so well. The internal flights and transfers all worked like clockwork. NatureAir was excellent, we had no problems about luggage (overweight) which was a relief and local transfers were also excellent. Throughout out trip we found the Ticos to be helpful, friendly and honest. Lapa Rios was sensational, as you advised and was the best lodge we have visited anywhere in the world. Good bird watching, excellent guides, very comfortable and wonderful food!We plan to return next year to Costa Rica and will ask you to organize the trip for us again. Again, many thanks.”

William B.

“To everyone who help us plan out recent trip to Costa Rica (especially Mary), Roy and I loved our trip!! Everything was extremely well-organized; the transportation from airports to hotels (and vise versa) was timely and efficient. All of the people we encountered at Hotel Grano de Oro, La Paloma (and the excursion guides) and at Hotel Si Como No were friendly, professional and efficient. We enjoyed each location and all it had to offer, but most of all, we were impressed by how efficiently we were transported from one place to another…whether by shuttle van or by small boat with an outboard motor! I miss Costa Rica and her people. I’m ready to go back! Thank you for making our trip so easy and so memorable!”

Christi F.

“I just wanted to send an e-mail thanking Mary Houlihan for all of her help in making our honeymoon trip to Costa Rica a wonderful and effortless affair. Mary’s attitude and knowledge of places such as Peace Lodge and Lapa Rios were the highlights of our trip. My wife and I loved Costa Rica. It was a country full of beautiful people, activities and landscape and would certainly recommend Mary and Costa Rica Experts to anyone traveling there. Thanks again.”

David and Rose O.

Tango Mar was beautiful, it was perfect, and it was like we had the whole beach to ourselves. We absolutely loved it, we all hated to leave. There was no problem with the flight as a matter of fact the whole trip went smoothly. Everyone loved it so much and we are going to have to come back soon. I can’t thank you enough for your help with everything. The wedding was quite lovely, Anna Maria was quite eloquent with the ceremony, everyone cried. Again, thanks for everything.”

Sandy G.

“The Polster-Fradis are back safe and sound after having the time of our lives. Thanks to you and your company and the wonderful people we came across in Costa Rica, everything worked out perfectly. What a wonderful and interesting and beautiful place. We didn’t run into a single snag. If we are ever fortunate enough to plan a trip back to C.R., I would most certainly contact you again (this sounds like an advertisement). Now… how do I get my head out of the clouds and the rain forest and get back to reality??”

Lori P.

“Just wanted you to know that this trip has been an outstanding experience from the beginning. We arrived at Manuel Antonio today and I can honestly say that this has been the best organized trip I have ever been on. Many thanks for your expert service. The drivers are amazing. The hotels are fabulous (especially Villa Blanca…such spectacular scenery and AMAZING staff!) I feel I have done extremely well for the money I’ve paid. Thanks again!”

John M.

“I just wanted to let you know how our trip went. In a nutshell, it was one of the best vacations I’ve ever had. All the accommodations were as advertised. All the shuttle connections came through on time (even the 04:30 am one from Arenal to Las Horquetas). We dove, we turtled, we saw monkeys and crocodiles, we white-watered and we trekked through the rainforest with our guide cutting the way with a machete. I even got to rub the stomach of a wild male tapir at Rara Avis. The Reventazon was up and we had an excellent whitewater experience. Anyway, thanks for the excellent advice and guidance on where to stay and what to do and the excellent choice of shuttle and tour operators.”

Ray M.

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